More than four dozen students and alumnae had an opportunity to connect on February 10 during Mount Saint Mary’s student and alumnae networking mixer.
The event was hosted by the MSMU Alumnae Association to create a space for former Mount students to share their knowledge and skills with current students, said Tom Arteaga, director of alumnae relations and volunteer engagement.
Held virtually, the hour-long mixer offered three break-out sessions in which students and alumnae were randomly placed, allowing for new interactions each time. After everyone introduced themselves, students asked alumnae various questions, such as how they entered their professional fields, how their time at the Mount prepared them for their career and what a typical day at their job entailed.
The mixer brought together alumnae from different industries, class years and locations to introduce themselves and share their experiences. Many offered recommendations on how to build a professional network and shared the types of leadership roles they took on at the Mount that helped them prepare for their careers.
Among the participating alumnae was Ann Marano ‘90, who now lives in Dallas. She shared with students that finding opportunities to be a leader at the Mount helped set the foundation of her professional career. Marano became involved with Women’s Leadership programs, was a resident assistant and took her first job at the admissions office. Today, she is the executive director of Colleges That Change Lives, Inc., a higher education nonprofit collection of 44 distinctly different liberal arts colleges.
“I credit the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet with introducing me to the concept that I was an empowered woman, that I could be an agent for change and for good,” she said. Marano is one of over 23,000 Mount alumnae, who span all 50 states and 30 countries.
Later in the month, the Black Alumnae Association held a student and alumnae mixer that will become an annual event led by a dedicated group of alumnae volunteers serving on the Black Alumnae Association Board of Directors.
The Mount’s 2020-2021 Alumnae Survey revealed that 90% of alumnae wants the Mount to help identify job opportunities for graduates and 84% wants the Mount to offer mentorship opportunities for current students. The mixers were launched in response to the large percentage of alumnae indicating a desire to help students and fellow graduates.
The Alumnae Association is planning to host more networking mixers with in-person and virtual programs to engage alumnae who live across the country as well as right here in Los Angeles. In March, it will launch a three-month-long mentoring programs with the business administration department and the Black Alumnae Association.
Upcoming Alumnae Relations events
Mar. 8: Business administration mentoring program (three-month program; registration required)
Mar. 9: Smart growth: How to grow your people to grow your company (online webinar)
Mar. 16: Workshop: Career Agility and the Art of Networking (online workshop)
Mar. 22: The awesome human project: How to struggle less and thrive more in work and life (online webinar)